Swarovski Designers of the Future 2016 Award – Part 2 – Yuri Suzuki

Continuing my profiles of this years laureates of the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award 2016, London based Japanese sound artist Yuri Suzuki presented Sharevari, an interactive mechanical crystallophone.

Following an opportunity to visit Wattens, Austria with fellow award winners, Studio Brynjar & Veronika and Anjali Srinivasan at the Swarovski Headquarters, Suzuki created his sound installation for Design/Miami 2016 in collaboration with a team of Swarovski engineers who assisted in the development of this complex installation.

‘Sharevari’ is an instrument. Consisting of 16 brass mechanical structures or ‘notes’, each one featuring a handmade crystal form. When brass hammers hit the crystal, the vibrations are translating into sound. Stand inside the installation and raise your arms, this fully immersive experience uses human movement to activate the notes. As if you are conducting an orchestra, your movements activate sensors to create the most beautiful chimes and sounds.

The Swarovski exhibition at Design/Miami Basel and below experiencing the installation.


“My audience can be quite wide-ranging, from very tech-focused people to musicans, but this a precious opportunity for me to show and exchange ideas as part of a global design platform. I was very excited to investigate how the vibrations in crystals can be interpreted as sound. Exploring the Swarovski archives to look at past innovations was invaluable research.” Yuri Suzuki.

Swarovski Designers of the Future website

Yuri Suzuki’s website Read Part 1 of my ‘Swarovski Designers of the Future’ here, and Part 3 here.


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